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University of Western States
W. A. Budden Library

Archive; Library
2900 NE 132nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97230
United States
Janet Tapper, University Librarian
1 503-251-5757
Fax: 503-251-5759

The University of Western States is a graduate integrative medicine school in Portland, Oregon. Programs include: Doctorate of Chiropractic, baccalaureate in Human Biology, masters of Sports and Exercise Science and a school of massage. Appropriate to the various curricula, the W. A. Budden Library at UWS hosts a modern medical collection of 17,000 volumes (approx.) with focused areas on chiropractic technique, functional medicine, manual therapies, radiology, sports medicine and rehabilitation, nutrition and massage.

The W. A. Budden Library, which houses the historical materials, including books, journals and archives actively participates in Inter-library loan. Historical materials can be photocopied onsite, depending on its condition. The library’s hours are: Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm, Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Hours during campus breaks are: Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Founded in 1904, the University of Western States is the second oldest continuing chiropractic program in the United States. Of interest to historians is a heritage collection that includes the incunabula of chiropractic literature as well as early works, journals, ephemera and papers from the Vitalist, Eclectic, Naturopathic , Osteopathic, and Naprapathic alternative medicine communities of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The archive also holds an assortment of artifacts and equipment used by early chiropractic and naturopathic practitioners. Realia, papers and historical photographs are available to visiting scholars by appointment. Digitization of historical photographs and papers is ongoing.


The W. A. Budden Library houses the Archive Collection: Monographs- 1765; Print Journals- 37 ceased publications (range 1902-1997); Ephemera/Realia (not cataloged- range 1896-present); Collected Papers- William Allen Budden DC, ND; Ralph Failor DC; Herbert J. Vear DC, George Dunn DC; Appa Anderson DC; 500-600 photographs of Oregon Chiropractic practitioners, teachers and leaders. Circa 1900-present.
The library’s Main Collection contains: 21st Century Monographs- 675;20th Century Monographs- 17,658 and Print Journals- 241 (range 1912-present).

Subject Strengths:
History of Alternative Medicine
Last Updated:
21 Sep 2022